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Beverage guidelines for children younger than five years


New consensus guidelines from key national health and nutrition organizations in the United States recommend only breast milk or infant formula for infants-age <6 months; small amounts of plain fluoridated water may be offered to infants age 6 to 12 months. After weaning from breastfeeding, for children age one to five years of age, plain fluoridated water and plain pasteurized cow milk are the preferred beverages. Plant-based milk (eg, soy, almond) may be substituted for cow milk if medically indicated (eg, cow milk allergy) or for dietary preference (eg, vegan). Consumption of 100 percent fruit juice should be limited to <6 ounces (<4 ounces for children age one through three years). Flavored milk, "toddler" milk, and sugar-sweetened, low-calorie sweetener, and caffeine-containing beverages are not recommended.

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